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The latest FUJIFILM medium-format and mirrorless APS-C cameras come with a new processor and improved auto-focus

The new GFX 50S II. (Source: FUJIFILM)
The new GFX 50S II. (Source: FUJIFILM)
FUJIFILM's 2 latest mirrorless cameras are of 2 different types; however, they have a lot in common. The GFX 50S II and X-T30 II are second generations of their respective series, yet are both based on the same X-Processor 4 image processor. They are also touted as having improved auto-focus (AF), whereas the 50S II is the first of its line to come with in-body image stabilization (IBIS).

FUJIFILM has announced a pair of new cameras that, while not exactly cheap, look like a bargain next to certain other fresh releases. In fact, the OEM touts the latest addition to its GFX 50S series as the ideal entry-point for those thinkiing about getting into medium-format (using a ~44mm sensor) shooting.

Nevertheless, the new unit is rated for a number of upgrades over the inaugural 50S. The Mark II comes with the same 51MP CMOS sensor, yet is the variant to introduce IBIS to its line. It also offers improved 117-point contrast-detect AF, multiple aspect ratios and an expanded dynamic range (with a ISO of 50-102400).

FUJIFILM has also launched a second generation for the X-T30, which is again touted as a "more intuitive" way of doing APS-C. Again, it has the same 26.1MP APS-C X-Trans BSI CMOS 4 sensor as its predecessor, yet is slated to boast improved AF, particularly in low light. 

In fact, the X-T30 II packs 425-point PDAF, in addition to an ISO range of 80-51200. As with the GFX 50S II,  it more or less retains its classic FUJIFILM chassis style (which is also weather-sealed in the case of the former), which means both still have LCD touchscreens that flip up rather than out (which, considering their OLED EVFs are still centrally-mounted, is a potentially missed trick in these new generations).

The FUJIFILM GFX 50S II and X-T30 II can be pre-ordered from now, although they may not ship until mid-October 2021 in the US. The new medium-format unit costs US$3,999, whereas the second-gen APS-C goes for $900. Alternatively, it can be found on platforms such as Amazon with either a XC15-45mm or XF18-55mm lens for $1000 or $1,300 respectively.

The new X-T30 II. (Source: FUJIFILM)
The new X-T30 II. (Source: FUJIFILM)

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-09- 3 (Update: 2021-09- 4)